Canada, U.S. express concern at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation over Russian pipeline into Germany

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Following this week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, top Polish officials have backed US President Donald Trump in his broadside against the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea.

"We believe it (the pipeline) would undermine Europe's overall energy security and stability by providing Russian Federation another tool for the political coercion of European countries, especially Ukraine".

At the summit's opening, U.S. President Donald Trump railed against what he characterized as a "massive gas deal" between Germany and Russian Federation, calling it inappropriate.

"It's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", Trump said in a video of the meeting on Twitter. Macron said he was not surprised by such behavior trump.

Trump arrived in Brussels lashing out at Canada and other allies for not spending enough on defence.

"I think it's a terrible thing that Germany's doing".

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"Facts are, energy is a key component of national security - would you rather rely on Russian Federation or the United States?" she said.

According to the committee, Trump's remarks were "an assault on business relations between German and European countries and Russian Federation", while assumptions that Nord Stream 2 would help Russian Federation control the European gas market were "factually wrong and politically absurd".

"We're also going to discuss one other specific issue of deep concern to me and to everybody here, and I think that's the Nord Stream 2 pipeline", Kerry said then.

But more than half of USA exports go to just three countries - Mexico, South Korea, and China - and the European Commission says less than one percent of Europe's gas come from America.

Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine's ambassador to Canada, said he was "very pleased" with Freeland's statement Wednesday.

Russian Federation has a long history of cutting off access to energy as leverage over Europe and that won't stop, he said.

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